Stop The Violence: Rap Musicians Take Stage To Fight Back Against Violence

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Hundreds of people gathered Friday evening at Hope Community Church to listen to rap music during a Stop the Violence event.

The free event hosted by the church and community organizers was in reaction to a recent wave of violent crime in Huntsville.

Organizers say the event intent is to cause change and redirection within the city. By teaming up with local rap artists, it hopes to raise awareness that people in the community are not each other’s enemy and are better together.

For more information about Stop the Violence events, contact Orlando Pitts at 256-797-2833 or by email at


  • Nuclear Mike

    There appears to be a real contradiction in this article…as rap is a media tool for violent behavior…

    • Run DMC

      Nuclear Mike, it is obvious to me that you know very little about rap music sir. Please don’t make a broad classification when you lack an in depth understanding of this particular genre. The article clearly states: “By teaming up with local rap artists, it (the church) hopes to raise awareness that people in the community are not each other’s enemy and are better together.” Contradictory… not at all! Unorthodox… maybe. The church was simply making an effort to reach its intended audience by delivering this message in a way that is relative to those in communities plagued with violence and crime. Some rap, with emphasis to the word SOME, does provoke violent behavior but that was not the case at this event. The message was STOP THE VIOLENCE and its delivery was strategic in a sense that by just preaching to the choir is ineffective in reaching those who really need to hear and receive what was being said.

    • Michael

      Blaming rap music for violence is like blaming the gun for murders instead of the person behind it.

  • Kent

    I understand.what they are not saying is that they are a gospel rap group. They are very positive and great at what they do.

  • Jackie Gladys

    This event was Great, and the rappers actually spoke against violence, and really gave the young people a positive outlook on education and self-esteem…which is a great stsrt to self-love and a love and respect for life.

    • Michael

      Most of it already has stopped years ago. Rarely do you hear mainstream artists such as Drake, 2 Chainz, Pitbull, etc. rap about beating people up and shooting people. Even some of the vets like Eminem and Jay-Z rap in a more positive image today. It’s just that people still hold that 90s gangsta rap stereotype over all of rap music.

  • ariel

    90s rap was pretty peaceful music compared to what “rap” is now in the 90s rap was mostly about being successful and tried to group everyone together now its 4 made up words and swear words repeated over and over again. atleast know what youre talking about people

    • Michael

      I’m guessing you’re referring to me and I wholeheartedly disagree.

      The 90s was the height of gangsta rap. Artists like Tupac, Biggie, Bone-Thugz n Harmony, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and the early works of Eminem, Jay-Z, and DMX usually rapped about being from the streets and not having much on top of murder. 90s also had the whole East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry that resulted in a lot of real life violence.

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